In each of these variants the emphasis will be on uncool points that will offer a mix of cultural heritage and storytelling experiences, local culinary experience, art, urban leisure space and contact with residents. In addition, a tourist information center will be set up in Jastrebarsko as an information center for visitors and a pavilion in the Erdödy park intended for social events, and in Črnomelj the floor area of one of the oldest parts of the city center will be renovated. These two places will be connected through a mobile application for guiding visitors and a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion of other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border. Special sightseeing scenarios with plans for the interpretation of individual sightseeing points will be adapted for people with physical disabilities. In Črnomelj, ten localities will be included in the culture project: steam locomotive, Sokolski dom, monument to the First World War, monument to the National Liberation War, Črnomalj town – treasury, church of Sv. Peter, the birth house of Miran Jarc, the city museum collection of Črnomelj, the church of Sv. Spirit and late antique walls, the Črnomelj triple bridge and the museum collection of the Kanižarica brown coal mine. In addition to raising awareness of the recognition of cultural heritage, its preservation and activation for tourism purposes, this project aims to involve local museums, associations and citizens through collecting stories, photographs and other elements that will increase understanding and knowledge of intangible heritage, as well as local bidder. In addition, cultural heritage in smaller areas such as Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is one of the potentials that can attract visitors and thus influence the further development of the tourist offer through the survival of small providers in the field of gastronomy, crafts, accommodation and other services. The culture project is conceived as uncool a tour tailored to the needs of visitors who will be introduced to the cultural heritage, local offer and enable live and virtual encounters with historical figures on the streets, squares and parks of Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The added value is the fact that this is an example of good practice and a development model applicable to other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border. “I am glad that the Municipality of Črnomelj, in cooperation with the city of Jastrebarsko and partners, is developing a project that will be an example to other small towns along the border how to create foundations for sustainable tourism development through the promotion of cultural heritage. KulTuri aims to present the history of small towns, connect the local offer, walk and experience and enable live encounters with historical figures, all of which will be supported through a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion.”, Said Stefan Misja, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Crnomelj. The acronym of the project is “culture”, and the goal is to present the cultural heritage through a specially designed tourist tour to visit the famous cultural attractions in the area of Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The tourist product conceived in this way will connect the cultural heritage and the local offer and create an experience for visitors through walks through the streets, squares and parks. It will also become an example of good practice that can be applied in other smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border. The City of Jastrebarsko from Croatia and the Municipality of Črnomelj from Slovenia, in cooperation with project partners the Tourist Board of the City of Jastrebarsko, Development Information Center Bela krajina, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Libertas International University and other associated partners, are implementing the project “Heritage of Jaska and Črnomelj be ‘cool’. For everything.” The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Interreg VA Slovenia – Croatia 2014-2020 Cooperation Program. The tourist tour for the area of the town of Jastrebarsko will include 13 cultural attractions: the chapel of St. Duha, Jastrebarsko City Museum and Gallery, Statue of the Family on JJ Strossmayer Square, monument to the Starčević family house, monument to Vladko Maček, Napoleon’s Hospital (Šubar House), Erdödy Castle Park, Žitnica, Ljube Kraljević Bridge, cooperative collection of the Golub family and the Franciscan Church Sv. Marija, Monument to the victims of all wars, historical graves in the city cemetery, the church of Sv. Nicholas and graphite Erdödy. On the other side of the border, the Municipality of Črnomelj has been declared a cultural monument of local significance with a total of 20 registered heritage sites, so this partnership is important for creating a unique concept of cross-border tourist product based on the potential of untapped cultural heritage. Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj are the first of about 50 smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border that have decided to build their recognizability and develop a joint cross-border tourist product that will be adapted for people with physical disabilities through the revitalization of historic centers and tourism development. After the completion of the project, the number of visits to cultural heritage attractions in Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is expected to increase by at least 3,5 times compared to the starting points of the number of visits in 2016. As pointed out by the city of Jastrebarko, all these activities will be accompanied by strong communication support that will include public events, a special website, texts and articles on social networks, exhibitions, tourist maps, promotional campaign for various target groups and advertising campaign and media support. . The key promotional tool will be a mobile application that will actively involve visitors in experiencing cities and guide them in an instructive and interactive way along the route of culture using GPS, virtual reality technology and interactive maps, learn about history through educational games for children and reward credit points. . In addition to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj, the mobile application and digital card will technologically and content-wise enable direct involvement in the project of other cities along the Slovenian-Croatian border. In parallel with the digital experience, attention will be paid to personal contact between visitors and hosts, so specialist training of guides and interpreters is planned. “This project is a continuation of the successful cooperation between Črnomelj, Jaska and our partners, and I believe that we will successfully implement it as well as our first joint project” Awakened Cultural Heritage “from 2011. Jaska has something to show, and with this approach in a new way we will raise the quality of our cultural and tourist offer not only of our city, but also of the entire border area of Croatia and Slovenia. Much greater value than the money we are withdrawing from this project is the strengthening of cooperation between partners on both sides of the border, because borders are the lines on the map, and coexistence and good neighborly relations on both sides have existed in this area for centuries. We need to strengthen this cooperation, and projects like this are the best stake in that”, Said Zvonimir Novosel, the mayor of Jastrebarsko. Specifically, it is about 9.000 new visitors who will be motivated to come to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj through this project, which, in addition to the current numbers, the total target attendance will be over 12.000 visitors. In addition to independent walking and walking with the help of a special mobile application that will be developed as part of the project, it will be possible to walk with specially trained guides. The total value of the project is EUR 1.316.243,02, of which the approved ERDF funds amount to EUR 1.118.806,54 (85%), while the own funds invested by the project partners amount to EUR 197.436,48 (15%). The project implementation period lasts from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2020, ie 30 months.
The Spanish coach has hinted that a loan for a defender could be on the agenda (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has denied reports linking Arsenal with a move for John Stones but has hinted that injuries at centre-back could ‘modify’ the club’s transfer plans and he has a wishlist in mind.The Gunners are believed to be keen to bring in a left-sided central defender on a short-term deal after Calum Chambers picked up an injury against Bournemouth, while Shkodran Mustafi is available to leave the club if a suitable offer is received.Arteta knows Stones well from their time together at Manchester City, but the Arsenal boss is not plotting a reunion despite being open to strengthening his back-line. Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jan 2020 3:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Chambers’ injury leaves Arsenal a little short in defence (Picture: Getty)When it was put to him that he could fix those issues by raiding the transfer market, Arteta replied: ‘Yeah but it has to be the right player in the right context, that financially we can compete and we can attract, and all these factors to put them together is not easy in this market.’Pressed on whether he has a transfer wishlist of targets, he added smiling: ‘I have yes. You need to have one always just in case!’MORE: Arsenal make approach to sign Dries Mertens from NapoliMORE: Arsenal to pursue maximum two loan signings in January as Mikel Arteta is happy with squadMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Stones will not be moving to Arsenal despite Arteta being a big fan (Picture: Getty)Asked for an update on any transfer business Arsenal are hoping to conduct this month, Arteta said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday: ‘Bad news for you guys I have nothing to say yet.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTProbed specifically on Stones, Arteta said there was ‘no truth at all’ in the speculation while he also denied any interest in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.On Stones he added: ‘John is a player that I really like and I followed. We signed him when I was at Manchester City and I worked with him for many years and know him well.‘When I look at centre-backs he has many attributes that I like from one, but we’re not interested.’Asked if Arsenal are looking short at the back – and whether they would address that in the January window – Arteta continued: ‘Yeah we have a lot of injuries at the back. The fact as well that Calum got the big injury. Obviously that is modifying our plans.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s what we have, it’s the situation, this can happen. Between December and January it’s very common. We have to live with it, this is what we have.‘We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I’m sure we will. They will try their best and I will try to select the ones that are in my opinion the best fit for the game.’ Advertisement Advertisement Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlist
ATP argued it should not have to charge VAT on its services provided to defined contribution (DC) schemes clients, as these schemes are special investment vehicles, with the ECJ agreeing.Both rulings had implications for UK sponsors, DB schemes and DC schemes with regard to VAT treatment for both investment and adminstration costs.However, HMRC did not mimic the PPG ruling regarding scheme sponsors and instead changed its guidance, potentially increasing the tax bill for some sponsors. In an update to schemes, the tax office has now said it will issue updated guidance regarding its interpretation of the ATP victory, and also the PPG case.A reassessment of its initial stance could result in scheme sponsors facing a reduction in the tax bill stemming from its DB scheme.A statement from HMRC said the body held extensive discussions with industry representatives regarding its policy on the PPG case.“In addition to this, the ECJ has issued its decision in ATP,” it said. “HMRC is now further reviewing the VAT treatment of pension scheme administration and fund management services to take account of both the PPG and ATP decisions and to consider whether to make any changes to the guidance.”A spokesman for HMRC said the body could not currently say whether the review would result in a more positive stance for sponsors.However, David Wilson, associate director for VAT at accountancy firm Baker Tilly, said the feedback HMRC received on its interpretation of the PPG ruling was that it was overly restrictive, and not following the spirit of the case.“[HMRC] may be taking a step back and thinking about what it needs to do,” he said.“This was followed by the ATP ruling, and it is just going to have to look at the whole scenario about how it impacts pension funds and how these funds are set up in the UK.“I would assume the industry would have been back to HMRC and questioned the differences between VAT law in the European Union and HMRC.”The recent changes to the DC landscape, outside of any VAT case in Europe, will have significant implications for direct tax on DC savers, and thus government revenue, he added. “It will have to re-think its positions as a result of the ATP judgment,” he said.“Hopefully, we will have some joined-up thinking for how it approaches DC schemes and auto-enrolment going forward and get one desk talking to another.” The UK tax office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), could offer scheme sponsors a VAT lifeline, as updated guidance on its interpretations of recent European rulings will be issued later this year.The move from HMRC comes after recent victories for two separate entities against their own domestic tax departments regarding the charging of VAT on pension scheme services.In the Netherlands, PPG, an employer, won its case in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the Dutch tax authority over whether the investment management fees it pays on behalf of its defined benefit (DB) schemes should be tax exempt.A ruling regarding Danish pensions services provider ATP, on behalf of its client PensionDanmark, followed this.
It is with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes that we post that William (Bill) T. Neal, Jr., 64, passed away on September 5, 2016. His family was by his side, at his home, when he peacefully drifted off to be with the Lord. Bill was born on September 10, 1951 in Batesville, Indiana to the late William T. and Opal (Robertson) Neal, Sr. He graduated from Jac-Cen-Del Jr.-Sr. High School in 1969 and married his high school sweetheart, Lila (Coyle) Neal on February 6, 1970 at Mud Pike Baptist Church outside of Osgood, Indiana. Together, they attended Purdue University where he received a degree in Animal Science in 1973. Upon graduation, the couple returned to and would remain in Osgood, Indiana.Bill embodied a true entrepreneurial spirit. He was a hard worker who strived for perfection; as a result, he accomplished much success during his career. He opened his first business in 1973, Heritage Homes, a mobile home retail company. In 1978, he went to work for Versailles Motors while obtaining his real estate license. In 1979, he took a broker position with Meisberger & Associates and while there received top sales honors. Bill then started Heritage Realty and Construction Company in 1983. He spent the next nine years of his life selling homes and developing sub-divisions throughout southeastern Indiana. During this period of time, he was among one of the top national associates for Unibilt Homes. In 1987, he and his wife bought the funeral home in Osgood. Although Lila has run the business, Bill helped her out daily throughout the years. By 1992, he decided to close the construction company and turn his lifelong passion for collectible firearms into a business with the opening of Willy’s Pawn & Gun Shop. He then became an active member of the Indiana Pawnbrokers, Colt Collectors, Winchester Arms, Ohio Gun Collectors and National Rifle Associations. He spent these years going to work every day with a smile and was honored to be named Ripley County’s Business Person of the Year in 1998. His hard work and dedication paid off, given in 2002, he was able to semi-retire. He then spent the rest of his days traveling the country buying and selling private antique gun collections. Through this endeavor, he met a variety of interesting clients, who became some of his dearest friends who traveled from far and wide to spend time with him during his final days.From a civic stand-point, Bill felt he had been blessed to have lived in such an amazing community. Throughout his lifetime, he tried to give back by serving on various philanthropic boards and organizations. He was a leader of Boy Scout Troup 638 from 1973 to 1978 and chaired the committee for years after. He was a lifetime member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Church; past president of the Osgood Development Foundation; three time president of the Osgood Civic Club; and 15 year member and past president of the Ripley County Parks & Recreation Board. Other groups in which Bill was honored to serve included the Osgood Masonic Lodge 603, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club, Indianapolis Murat Shrine, and the Sons of the American Legion.Aside from his work and civic duties, Bill had a vast array of hobbies. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Following a 30 year tradition, he was able to travel to Michigan this past Fourth of July for one last family fishing trip. He believed in land conservation as he partnered with the USDA and DNR on various soil and wetland conservation projects. In addition, he was a lifelong member of Ducks Unlimited and contributed to a number of wildlife preservation efforts. He loved his farm, as he spent several years crop farming and raising purebred cattle. He, his wife, and their children were actively involved in 4-H and the Indiana and National Polled Hereford Associations where they traveled the country exhibiting and showing their cattle. Luckily, he was able to see this passion reignite when his grandchildren entered the show ring after a 20 year hiatus. He also enjoyed John Deere Gator rides through the woods with his two canine friends, Colt and Chester, cooking, and seeking out the best restaurants in the United States. No matter where you were headed, Bill could tell you where to eat and what was the best item on the menu.However, the greatest testament to his life came from the admiration he had for and received from his family and friends. Bill was a loyal person and a straightforward advisor. Once in his circle, his love for you was unwavering. He spent 46 plus years with the love of his life, with whom together, raised three children and spoiled five grandchildren, whom he totally adored. He also deeply cared about everyone else in his extended family and cherished his friends. Although his life was cut a bit shorter than what he would have preferred, he knew he had lived a good one and had been blessed. He believed in God and was content to know his legacy would live on through his family and friends.Bill is survived by his wife, Lila (Coyle) Neal; daughter, Shannon (Jeff) McLeod (Greensburg); son, Travis (Toya) Neal (Osgood); son, Frederick (Alesha) Neal (Osgood); five grandchildren, Molly and Mason McLeod; Will and Aubrey Neal; and Olivia Neal; his step-mother Betty Neal (Osgood); sister Beth (Neal) Baylor (Lawrenceburg); and brother Scott Neal (Osgood).Visitation will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, September 9, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. His funeral will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Osgood United Methodist Church at 9:00 a.m. Entombment will immediately follow at the Mud Pike Cemetery near Osgood, Indiana. Memorials can be made to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital or the Cincinnati Children’s Shrine Hospital. Arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, Indiana. www.nealsfuneralhome.net
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33588Herta 11325Hinchcliffe 101125Daly 72319Ferrucci 313332Kaiser 193124Karam PagenaudSpeedway, Ind. — Despite concerns, the weather was not a factor in Sunday’s 103rd running of The Indianapolis 500. In the closing laps, it was Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi trading the lead, with Pagenaud taking the checkered flag. The win is the first Indy 500 victory for the Frenchman, and the eighteenth for his boss, Roger Penske.“It’s pretty amazing. It’s a dream come true, a lifetime of trying to achieve this. So I’m just speechless. It’s just incredible.” said Pagenaud, who started from the pole position and now leads the season points race.Runner-up, Alexander Rossi, credited the additional power of Penske’s Chevrolet engine with giving his opponent the edge over his own Honda-powered machine. “Horsepower. That’s, unfortunately, the way it is,” he said. Adding that, “Nothing else matters here but winning,” and that “today will suck for a while.”RossiThird place was taken by the former winner, Takuma Sato, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Penske drivers Josef Newgarden and Will Power round out the top five. Other notable performances include Indianapolis’ own Ed Carpenter’s sixth-place finish, and 20-year-old rookie, Santino Ferrucci, who brought his Dale Coyne entry across the yard of bricks in seventh place. Ferrucci seems to be the obvious choice for rookie-of-the-year honors, as none of the race’s four other rookies finished on the lead lap.FerrucciNext for the IndyCar Series are the two Streets of Detroit races, next Saturday and Sunday. Team Penske considers that course their ‘home’ track but hasn’t won there since 2016.Here are the full results for the 103rd Indianapolis 500: FinishStartCarDriver 282910Rosenqvist 6220Carpenter 91614Kanaan 23137Ericsson 163039Mann 1122Pagenaud 13463Jones 261098Andretti 18123Castroneves 5612Power 17189Dixon 271715Rahal 30718Bourdais 15244Leist 212560Harvey 221977Servia 482Newgarden 14321Pigot 252023Kimball 31430Sato 202148Hildebrand 2927Rossi 121533Davison 322781Hanley 82228Hunter-Reay 292826Veach 242642King
Ireland are to stick with the 15 players at their pre-World Cup training camp for their campaign in the global tournament which gets under way in Australia and New Zealand next month. Press Association William Porterfield, one of five in the squad set to take part in a third World Cup for Ireland, will lead the same group of players named last month for the training camp and tri-series in Dubai against fellow qualifiers Scotland and Afghanistan. Ireland’s six World Cup debutants will be Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young. Porterfield said: “It’s fantastic to be leading Ireland in another global tournament. “We’ve produced some wonderful performances over the years in World Cups, and there’s no reason why we can’t claim further successes in Australia and New Zealand. “While we may have lost the surprise factor over the years, we’ve certainly gained a lot of respect for our brand of cricket – which has been pretty pleasing.” Also still central to Ireland’s plans is all-rounder Kevin O’Brien, who produced one of the most memorable World Cup performances of all time with a record-breaking century in the shock victory over England in Bangalore in 2011. Porterfield added: “There’s a great mix as always in the squad, and the younger guys coming through are all hungry – which keeps the more experienced players on their toes. Competition for places has been fierce, and that’s got to be good for Irish cricket.” Ireland have not named any potential replacements for the tournament, but plan nonetheless to have additional players in Australia should cover be needed in the event of injury. The final squads for all 14 competing nations are expected to be confirmed on Wednesday, when last month’s provisional 30s are due to be halved – but along with Ireland’s, those of England, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are already published. Ireland World Cup squad: W Porterfield (Captain), A Balbirnie, P Chase, A Cusack, G Dockrell, E Joyce, A McBrine, J Mooney, T Murtagh, K O’Brien, N O’Brien (wkt), P Stirling, S Thompson, G Wilson (wkt), C Young.
The men’s tennis team is coming off a successful 2015 season in which it spent several weeks as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.USC men have won five of the last seven national titles and are sure to be serious competitors again this season. The 2016 team is anchored by junior Nick Crystal and senior Max de Vroome, both key contributors to last season’s team with records of 29-6 and 28-8, respectively. In addition, Tanner Smith, son of head coach Peter Smith, and Connor Farren are returning to the Trojans, both seeing action last season with the team.Although the 2015 team graduated four of its top six players, it is bringing in the third-ranked recruiting class in the nation. Logan Smith and Jake DeVine are the two members of the class, both ranked in the preseason top 100 and are expected to have an immediate impact.Smith, a five time Pac-12 and two time national coach of the year, returns for his 14th season as head coach. He has led the team to five national titles and under him they have finished ranked top 10 in the final rankings the last nine years in a row.The women’s team had an even more impressive showing, losing only two matches all season on the way to an appearance in the NCAA semifinals and are looking to improve upon that in the upcoming season.They are looking to win their first national title since 1985 and enter the preseason ranked second in the nation, behind only defending national champions Vanderbilt, a team the Trojans defeated last season at Marks Stadium. Head coach Richard Gallien returns to USC for his 21st season, leading the Trojans to 18 straight finishes in the top 20, collecting five Pac-12 coach of the year awards along the way.After only graduating two of their top six players, they are led by senior Giuliana Olmos and sophomores Gabby Smith and Madison Westby. Olmos had a successful offseason in which she competed in several professional ITF Futures tournaments, collecting three titles and an additional appearance in the semifinals.In addition to the returners, they are adding freshmen Rianna Valdes and Jessica Failla, both ranked inside the top 80 nationally in the preseason rankings. Failla is coming off a successful winter season, where she was able to win the USTA under-18 National Winter Championship. This is shaping up to be an exciting season, with three additional Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 10.The Women of Troy begin their season Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara at Marks Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers’ offensive line was put to the test going into the 2019 season. So far, they’ve gotten off to both a hot start and one that leaves certain questions unanswered.Sophomore Kayden Lyles, senior Jason Erdmann and sophomore Josh Seltzner are splitting snaps at guard, and are successfully working to have this offensive line build upon its performance last season. “The Hippo formation,” a setup in which the Badgers stack seven offensive linemen on the line with two tight ends in the backfield, is just one example of this changing offensive line.Joe Rudolph, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, spoke to the La Crosse Tribune about the line strategy.“We’re an O-line at Wisconsin, that’s what we’re known for, is consistency there,” Rudolph said. “Next guy in is not going to drop off, there’s not going to be any difference, that rotation shows exactly that. I can go in at one spot, communicate, get the right calls out, somebody else can come in on the other side. It’s the same thing all the way around.”Going into this season, the Badgers weren’t confident in who would start at guard. Over the past couple of weeks, they’ve been developing this rotation into one of the premier offensive lines in the nation.In between the starting guard positions, All-American and first-team All-Big Ten center Tyler Biadasz is the perfect bridge in the foundation of this strong and dominant offensive line. Biadasz, a 6-foot-3 junior who earned All-Big Ten honors in both his freshman and sophomore years is undoubtedly a key member of the Badger front line of attack.No matter what leaders the Badgers have returning to their offensive unit, facing Big Ten teams such as Michigan and Northwestern was always going to be a rigorous test.They handled that test with relative ease.Against Michigan, the offensive line propelled the Badger running game to one of their best performances of the year. Jonathan Taylor, among contributions from Nakia Watson, John Chenal and others, netted the team a grand total of 359 rushing yards on the day. This performance is in large part thanks to the offensive line that stifled the Michigan front defensive seven all game.Football: Five takeaways from Wisconsin’s pummeling of MichiganThe University of Wisconsin football team welcomed Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines to Madison on Saturday and Read…Furthermore, the Badger front held strong against a Michigan defensive line that, after Saturday’s game against Iowa, proved themselves to be a sturdy source of pressure on the opposing offense. Wisconsin allowed just one sack and one other tackle for loss the entire game, even when they began to rotate through their depth chart toward the end.Northwestern was another story. The offensive line ran into what was without a doubt their toughest test of the season to date. Northwestern managed to hold the Badgers to a measly 130 yards on the ground and nearly held Taylor to his first sub-100 yard game of the season.The Wildcats’ defense also managed to outperform Michigan in achieving tackles for loss with four total on the day.Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ close bout with WildcatsThe No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) continued their impressive start to 2019 with a 24–15 victory at Read…While no one can deny the Badgers have put up stunning numbers on the ground and given up relatively few sacks on the season, its difficult to attribute all of this to the talent level of the offensive line.It is entirely possible that the raw talent of Jonathan Taylor and company was enough to have a string of breakout performances against teams with sub-par defensive front sevens. When the Badgers went up against a strong defensive line in Northwestern, they showed signs of faltering.The fact of the matter is the Wisconsin offensive line is always going to be the heart of the team. It will continue to get recruits like five-star Logan Brown who, while he hasn’t contributed to this year’s efforts on the field in a significant way, shows promise as a developing talent.Football: Departure of key talent leaves offensive line, backfield searching for replacementsWeek three of the spring position previews shifts focus from Jim Leonhard’s defense to the offensive side of the football, Read…In fact, two of the top three recruits the Badgers snagged in 2019 were offensive linemen. This team is an undoubted pipeline for talent in the trenches. Yet, with a lot of developing youth following a strong 2018 graduating class, it’s fair to be skeptical that the offensive line will be able to hold up against a defensive test such as The Ohio State University.They almost folded in the face of the Wildcats, and it’s impossible to know whether that game was a fluke or not. My heart tells me yes, but only time will tell.Football: Wisconsin rolls through Kent State en route to fifth straight victoryThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) defeated Kent State (2-3, 1-0 MAC) at Camp Read…Kent State provided little insight into the true prowess of this offensive line — it will take a Big Ten competitor to give them their first true litmus test to see what they’re made of.